Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has outlined a safety plan for the province which includes aims to increase the price of alcohol.
Before mentioning various interventions which include, “boots-on-the-ground”, violence prevention and amendments to the Western Cape Liquor Act, Winde said there is a war raging in the province’s communities, especially against women and children.
“We will confront the Western Cape’s dangerous relationship with alcohol through smart interventions. We will therefore be making a number of amendments to the Western Cape Liquor Act,” he said.
Winde explained that “per-unit-of-alcohol” pricing, which makes it more expensive to buy alcoholic beverages with a higher alcohol percentage, is being seriously considered with an aim to prevent binge drinking.
“We will also consider stricter times for the sale of alcohol, even after the expiry of the national state of disaster regulations,” he added.
As part of the Western Cape government’s boots-on-the-ground commitment, Winde said 500 Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers has been deployed to crime hotspot areas.
“We will stick with our plans to deploy an additional 500 officers thereafter. We will also not walk-back on our commitment that we will halve the provincial murder rate in the Western Cape in a decade.”
Winde said the provincial government will also upscale Gender Based Violence (GBV) services, with six new shelters, and start work on a dedicated GBV strategy.
According to ANC Western Cape Shadow MEC for Community Safety, Mesuli Kama, there is nothing new about Winde’s plan.